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Dec 29, 2012 6:30pm PST
to try to avoid the "fiscal cliff." ,, ,,,,,,,,,,,, fiscal cliff. the house and senate return to work tomor s reporter tara me >>> the clock is ticking as congressional leaders struggle to avoid the "fiscal cliff." the house and senate return to work tomorrow. cbs reporter tara mergener on what senate leaders are doing to come up with a last-minute compromise. >> reporter: house majority leader john boehner and senate minority leader mitch mcconnell were in the capital building today hoping to beat the deadline to the luge "fiscal cliff." >> got to get a deal? >> hope so. >> reporter: behind closed doors, senate leaders are cobbling together a pared down agreement that at least protects the middle class from tax increases january 1. it won't address deficit resit, across-the-board spending cuts or other issues. in both party addresses, it's clear a big sticking point remains. >> it's a balanced plan one that would protect the middle class, cut spending in a responsible way, and ask the wealthiest americans to pay more. >> the president's tax hike would only fund the government fo
CBS
Dec 25, 2012 6:00am PST
the fiscal cliff looms closer. and so does the dairy cliff? why we could soon see $7 a gallon prices for milk. ,,,,,,,, [ laughter ] smoke? nah, i'm good. ♪ [ male announcer ] every time you say no to a cigarette, you celebrate a little win. nicoderm cq, the patch with time release smart control technology that acts fast and helps control cravings all day long. ♪ quit one day at a time with nicoderm cq. >>> and good morning everyone, of course it is christmas. december 25th. merry christmas everyone. i'm frank mallicoat. >> that's right and i'm elizabeth wenger, michelle has the morning off. >> and we begin somewhere some breaking news in the south bay. firefighters are at the scene of a three alarm fire in campbell. this is at the engineering building intersection of bell and division. no word on what may have started the fire. we will have the very latest information as soon as we get it but some live pictures there you can see a number of firefighters on the scene. and as we mentioned more coming up a little bit later. >>> okay. and we're going to i think start off with some t
CBS
Dec 30, 2012 6:00pm PST
, cbs news on capitol hill. >> jeff: the pressure on congress to reach a deal on the fiscal cliff is great. failure would be felt almost immediately in paychecks as taxes go up. and in financial markets as wall street reacts. even though the dow is up nearly 6% for the year if lost 2% this week as the deadline looms. for more on the potential impact of wall street i'm joined by jim awad chairman of plimsoll. let's talk about the fiscal uncertainity is figuring on wall street. >> it is figuring in an increasingly negative way. the markets are become increasingly concerned that business and consumers will pull back due to the uncertainty about tax and spending. and it's affecting the financial markets and the economy. >> jeff: a slow day tomorrow but how do you think we open? >> i think that if there is any rally it will be a fool's rallyment would you only get a rally if they announce something tonight. but the reality is that anything they announce would be light on fact and long on symbolic-- symbolism it wouldn't have a lot to do with entitlements. it wouldn't address the debt ceil
CBS
Dec 28, 2012 1:35am PST
least on the fiscal cliff. we're just five days until the country tumbles into automatic tax hikes and spending cuts. the president has scheduled a meeting tomorrow with congressional leaders. cbs 5 reporter danielle nottingham on efforts to break the jam in washington. >> reporter: top congressional leaders are expected to meet with president obama at the white house friday. this would be the group's first face-to-face meeting since november 16, and a last-minute chance to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. if no deal is reached, taxes will go up for nearly every american. senators reconvened thursday with tensions spilling over onto the floor. each side accused the other of stalling. >> speaker boehner is unwilling to negotiate. we've not heard a word from mcconnell. nothing is happening. >> the phone never rang. and so now here we are, five days from the new year. and we might finally start talking. >> reporter: senate majority leader harry reid skewered house speaker john boehner, charging he's more interested in his leadership position than in bipartisan legislation. >> the speaker
CBS
Dec 25, 2012 5:00am PST
impact on health and welfare programs. >>> the dreaded fiscal cliff can potentially affect a wide range of health programs. >> cbs news' wyatt andrews explains. >> reporter: professor mallen like hundreds of medical researchers has already fallen off the fiscal cliff. her budget which relies on federal grants is being cut by 10% now. as the nih, the national institutes of health, prepares for the possibility of budget cuts later. >> it's as much bigger than just my lab. it's affecting all-academic labs across the country. >> reporter: mallen understands the nih decision but calls it a setback. >> my lab will have to shut down research projects that we know would -- could have profound impacts on curing human disease. we may have to get rid of some staff members. >> reporter: the nih tells us because of uncertainty in the budget awards at 90% of what was perhapsed to researchers -- promised to researchers will be the standard at least for now and the threat of the cut raised alarms. >> some of the cuts -- >> reporter: at johns hopkins the doctor is under pressure to reduce the expe
CBS
Dec 25, 2012 4:30am PST
out of washington this yore, not with the pending fiscal cliff and the threat of a $7.5 billion in nonentitled services is. >> that fiscal cliff will hurt the city to the tune of almost $80 million right away. >> reporter: most of the cuts would be in health care, aids programs and housing. >> that's just an immediate hit. >> reporter: across the bay alameda county supervisor predicted -- >> our health clinics will get hut. our w. i. c. program which is a program for mothers they get nutrition for their newborn babies and we have several sites in alameda county that would also experience a large cut. >> reporter: education would also take a hit. >> this would undo a lot of the good a lot of californians are willing to invest in the schools. perhaps as much as 10% for the special needs students and the meals program that so many of the students in georgia are growing up -- california are growing up in poverty and they need that meal. >> reporter: it's not just the immediate cuts that worries the local officials, it's also the ongoing uncertainty that comes from the stalemate in wash
CBS
Dec 24, 2012 5:30pm PST
. >> glor: john blackstone, thank rou. john mentioned the fiscal cliff. tinight we've learned democrats emocraw moving ahead on their hei plan to avoid it now that talks have broken down with john boehner. white house and congressional leaders have until january 1 to lork out a budget deal. resident obama is in hawaii on udget dn. nancy cordes is there as well. nancy, good evening. nancy, goor: jeff, this would : sentially be a last-ditch effort to avert the fiscal ially be sources tell us that aides to the president have been in talks preliminary talks, with aides to senate majority leader harry elf who himself was here in hawaii this weekend for the funeral of senator daniel inouye. eid is now working, we're told, on a smaller package than the comprehensive deal than the president was working on with speaker boehner. than tmall package would prevent tax rates from rising for middle-class, perhaps cut some spending and tie up a few other loose ends. so far, though, senator reid has so fbeen in touch with republicans over this plan. blicans ovent and the first lady as you mentioned, are
CBS
Dec 28, 2012 7:00am PST
: washington scrambles to avert the fiscal cliff. >> president obama asked congressional leaders to convene at the white house today. >> if the president and lawmakers cannot reach a deal economists warn that could trigger another recession. >> are they going to avoid the fiscal cliff, eric? >> the gulf war general known as stormin' norman has died. gen malnorman shwards cop of dread the coalition that drove saddam hussein's forces out of kuwait. >> the monster storm system finally moved out but some are bracing for another round of snow. >> more than 14,000 longshoremen are planning to strike on sunday the walk-out could affect ports from boston to houston. >>> for the second time this month a man has been pushed to his death in the path of a new york subway train. >> crazy people running the streets. >>> an uninvited guests slithered into a backyard in florida. >> somebody else got the shower on the sideline. >> jamal crawford who i think should be an all-star coming off the bench is dangerous. be still. >> and all that matters. >> hillary clinton plans to go back to work just in time for
CBS
Dec 31, 2012 11:00pm PST
a deal. what the fiscal cliff agreement means for everyone's paycheck. good evening. i'm brian hackney. >> and i'm elizabeth cook. the u.s. senate has reached a deal in the fiscal cliff negotiations. cnn is reporting they just voted to approve it. all the details of the deal and what it means for you and your finances. >> reporter: lawmakers postponed the automatic spending cuts that would have hit the pentagon and other federal agencies this week. they did strike a deal on taxes. three hours before the midnight deadline, senate majority leader mitch mcconnell and vice president joe biden emerged with a compromise on taxes and agreed to wait on slashing spending. >> this was the mini cliff. the big cliff still lies in front of us. >> reporter: president obama had scolded congress for waiting so long. >> one thing we can count on with respect to this congress is that if there's even one second left before you have to do what you're supposed to do, they will use that last second. >> reporter: the bush-era tax cuts remain in place for individuals earning as much as $400,000 a year
CBS
Dec 26, 2012 5:30pm PST
uncertainty about the so-called fiscal cliff, tax hikes and spending cuts set to take effect next year. if lawmakers don't reach a deal to avoid it, consumers could see higher taxes eating into their paychecks. even online sales suffered. compared to past years of double-digit growth, this year, online holiday sales rose only about 8%, compared to nearly 16% last year. overall, holiday spending accounts for up to 30% of retailers' annual sales, so the disappointing season is a concern for an economy struggling to recover. >> consumers need to have more confidence. consumers need to feel that their jobs are secure. it's not an ideal situation. it's more of a conservative, cautious time. and companies are managing carefully, consumers are spending carefully. >> reporter: retailers are now hoping to lure consumers with deep discounts of 75% to 80% off in some cases as they try to salvage profits from this lackluster holiday shopping season. jim. >> axelrod: so, elaine, this is the first set of holiday shopping numbers that we've seen. any chance that they'll be revised as we get more data
CBS
Dec 30, 2012 11:00pm PST
fiscal cliff. in less tha >>> funeral services interrupted when a car careens into the funeral home. what the teens in the car were doing before impact. >> edging closer to the fiscal cliff. less that 24 hours, millions could lose unemployment benefits and nearly everyone's taxes can go up. >>> nobody expected a massive rescue when one man, could not sweupb, fell into the ice into frigid water. how six people ended up being pulled from that water. >>> good evening. an out of control car goes into a funeral home. it was at the scene where the crash disrupted a funeral in progress. >> 5 feet that car came from us. >> reporter: a close call for a group of funeral attendees. a car crashed into the service. >> five seconds after i entered the side room we heard what we thought was a earthquake and turned around and saw the car goes through the front of the building -- go through the front of the building. >> reporter: the speed limit along the road is 40 miles an hour. the teenage driver was going over that. possibly racing the other car. >> during the course of the speed contest there m
CBS
Dec 24, 2012 5:00am PST
avoiding the fiscal cliff. with the new year approaching washington's failure to reach a compromise is affect americans' confidence. taxes will go up on january 1st if they don't reach a deal. >> i've asked leaders of congress to work toward -- it protects unemployment insurance for 2 million americans, and laze the groundwork for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. >> the president's solution of raising tax rates would still be ready as far as the eye can see and hurt jobs. >> president obama said he will cut his hawaiian vacation short to hammer out a deal with congress with the deadline a short week away. >>> 5:18 now. >>> the nra is adamant about its idea of placing armed guards in the nation's schools. >> this comes as diane fine stein promises to introduce new gun control legislation in the new year. the head of the nra put the game on violent video games and problems with the mental health system insisting another assault weapons ban is not the answer. >> it doesn't work. diane fine stein had her ban, and columbine occurred. >> hundreds of protests yesterday. >>>
CBS
Dec 28, 2012 6:00am PST
time to get a bill through congress before january 1. >>> reporter: the "fiscal cliff" is still a few days away. but business owners don carlino says he is already feeling the impact. >> a lot of our customers are holding back. they are apprehensive. they are not committing to projects. they're not --you know, they are waiting to see what's going to happen with the "fiscal cliff." >> reporter: and hope is fading that congress can get a deal done before tax hikes and spending cuts kick in january 1. >> i am not optimistic. >> reporter: even congressional leaders are skeptical. >> the american people have a right to be very upset with this congress. >> reporter: president obama has invited nancy pelosi, john boehner, mitch mcconnell and harry reid to the white house this afternoon for a "fiscal cliff" summit. >> here we are five days from the new year, and we might finally start talking. >> reporter: today's white house meeting might be the last chance to come to an agreement. that's because it takes time for a bill to work its way through both chambers of congress. >> i don't know
CBS
Jan 1, 2013 1:35am PST
!,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, >>> the white house and congress make a deal with the fiscal cliff agreement means for everyone's paycheck. 60 minutes now of 2013, good evening. >> the u.s. senate has reached a deal in the fiscal cliff negotiations. cnn is reporting. >> reporter: lawmakers postautomatic spending cuts. but they did strike a deal on taxes. >> three hours before the midnight dead line senate minority leader mitch mcconnel and joe biden emerge with taxing and spending. >> this is a mini cliff, big cliff still lies in front of us. big cliff. >> reporter: president obama had scolded congress for waiting so long. >> one thing we can count on with respect to this congress is that if there's even one second left before you have to do what you're supposed to do, they will use that last second. >> reporter: the bush era tax cuts remain in place for individuals earning as much as $400,000 a year and families $450,000 a year. far above the $250,000 on which president obama campaigned. those making more will see higher income taxes, capital gains and dividends rates. san francisco tax attorney rob
CBS
Dec 28, 2012 4:30am PST
find a way to avoid the "fiscal cliff." but as cbs reporter tara mergener test us, it's not clear if there is enough time to get a bill through congress before january 1. >>> reporter: the "fiscal cliff" is still a few days away. but business owners don carlino says he is already feeling the impact. >> a lot of our customers are holding back. they are apprehensive. they are not committing to projects. they're not -- you know, they are waiting to see what's going to happen with the "fiscal cliff." >> reporter: and hope is fading that congress can get a deal done before tax hikes and spending cuts kick in january 1. >> i am not optimistic. >> reporter: even congressional leaders are skeptical. >> the american people have a right to be very upset with this congress. >> reporter: president obama has invited nancy pelosi, john boehner, mitch mcconnell and harry reid to the white house this afternoon for a "fiscal cliff" summit. >> here we are five days from the new year, and we might finally start talking. >> reporter: today's white house meeting might be the last chance to come to an agr
CBS
Dec 27, 2012 6:00pm PST
"fiscal cliff" crisis. it's coming down to the wire only five days until we tumble over that cliff. as cbs reporter danielle nottingham says progress is slow. president obama cut short his holiday vacation and returned to the white house to work on a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff." before flying home from hawaii, the president called congressional leaders nancy pelosi, john boehner, mitch mcconnell and harry reid to reach agreements before tax hikes and spending cuts kick in january 1. >> we have been asking the president and the democrats to work with us on a bipartisan agreement for months. >> i don't know time wise how it can happen now. >> reporter: the senate majority leader wants house republicans to return from their vacations to approve a democratic senate plan that extends tax cuts for families making less than $250,000 a year. >> that's the only option that is viable escape route. >> reporter: but republican leaders say it's up to democrats who control the senate and white house to avert the "fiscal cliff." >> republicans aren't about to write a blank check for anything sen
CBS
Dec 30, 2012 6:30pm PST
are one day away from americans getting tax hikes from the fiscal cliff. >> reporter: senators arrived at the capitol to continue last- minute negotiations hours before the nation is set to fall off of the cliff. after a day of intense talks, senate majority leader, reid, said there will not be a deal tonight. >> this is still distance between the two sides. negotiations continue. >> reporter: if republicans and democrats can not strike a deal before midnight on monday, taxes will go up for almost every american. automatic spending cuts will kick in and millions will lose unemployment benefits. >> i want everyone to know i want to get it done but i need a dance partner. >> reporter: republicans introduced but with drew the proposal. senators say there is movement as both sides try to compromise about which americans should start paying a higher tax rate. >> this is far too much at stake for political gamesmanship. >> in an unusual move, republicans called on the nation's number 2 democrat, vice president joe biden to help with the negotiation. >> >> they say the biggest thing i
CBS
Dec 27, 2012 5:00pm PST
we go tumbling over the "fiscal cliff." president obama is supposed to meet with congressional leaders tomorrow. cbs reporter danielle nottingham is in washington and danielle, how's it looking? >> reporter: well, elizabeth, there was not a lot of optimism on capitol hill today. both senate leaders admitting that congress is facing a hard deadline while at the same time, blaming each other for not having a deal in place by now. president obama cut short his holiday vacation and returned to the white house to work on a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff." before flying home from hawaii, the president called congressional leaders nancy pelosi, john boehner, mitch mcconnell and harry reid to reach agreements before tax hikes and spending cuts kick in january 1. >> we have been asking the president and the democrats to work with us on a bipartisan agreement for months. >> i don't know time wise how it can happen now. >> reporter: the senate majority leader wants house republicans to return from their vacations to approve a democratic senate plan that extends tax cuts for families maki
CBS
Dec 28, 2012 12:00pm PST
get any kind of agreement to avoid that fiscal cliff. >> reporter: president obama is meeting today at the white house with top congressional democrats harry reid and nancy pelosi and leading republicans mitch mcconnell and john boehner. it's the president's first meeting with congressional leaders since november 16th. the closed door discussions are an attempt to reach a last minute agreement to avoid automatic spending cuts and tax increases due to kick in january 1st. >> probably the worst case scenario will come out of this meeting today and that is we will kick the can down the road. >> reporter: senator bob courter told cbs this morning he predicts the meeting will bring only a temporary solution. >> this afternoon's meeting feels much to me like optics to make it look like we're doing something. let me just say one more time this is a total dereliction of duty at every level. >> reporter: going over the cliff would affect 88% of u.s. taxpayers whose taxes would go up on average $3,500 a year. many americans are frustrated the showdown has gone down to the last minute. >> they
CBS
Dec 31, 2012 7:00am PST
. >> today the final day of fiscal cliff negotiations. >> i want everyone to know i'm willing to get this done, but i need a dance partner. >> vice president joe biden is now in on negotiations. >> do i wish that things were more orderly in washington? absolutely. >>> a tour bus crash on an icy oregon highway has killed nine people and injured 20 others. >>> today is december 31st. there's going to be a huge celebration in times square with everyone waiting for that crystal ball to drop. >> just to tell people hey, we were in the crowd in new york city on new year's eve. >>> a fatal plane crash in russia, the impact sending debris flying into oncoming traffic. >>> a scary slip on a frozen lake in the moun tapetains of southern california became a race to save a life. >>> and kim carkardashian is pregnant. >>> intercepted by rob jackson. redskins into the playoffs. rg3. maybe he can solve the fiscal cliff. >>> and all that matters. >> fireworks lit up sydney harbor, beautiful, as people mark the start of 2013. happy new year. >> on "cbs this morning." >>> chuck pagano back on the colts sid
CBS
Dec 31, 2012 6:00pm PST
on how to avoid the "fiscal cliff." the news comes just three hours before the new year's deadline. cbs 5 reporter grace lee on where it all stands now. grace. >> reporter: late developments brian. this all coming together in the last several minutes. what we have just learned is that the senate will be voting tonight before midnight. that's the deadline and you can see we have a live look at the u.s. capital as of right now. we are also just hearing that the vice president is headed right here to the capital to brief senate democrats on the details of the deal that they will be voting on toinght. for individuals making more than 400,000 or households more than $450,000, their tax rates are expected to go up next year. for two million jobless americans, their unemployment benefits should be extended at least another year. and that so-called inheritance tax will go from 35 to 40%. but even with all these compromises, it is likely that most of us will be shelling out more cash to the irs come next year. >> you know, keep in mind that just last month republicans in congress said they
CBS
Dec 27, 2012 6:00am PST
washington this morning hoping to pull the country away from the "fiscal cliff." he took the red eye from hawaii overnight. senators are set to work today on a plan to avoid the so- called "fiscal cliff." but house gop leaders say they will not return to washington unless the senate passes a bill. with no deal on the horizon, a new poll finds the gop gets the biggest share of the blame for the stalemate. >> both sides here have a problem with the american people and it's why congress has 11% job approval rating. >> even starbucks is gettingismy for an agreement. its employees are writing "col together" on coffee cups in d.c. to try to encourage compromise. >>> hawaii's lieutenant governor brian shots will replace the late democratic senator daniel inouye who died of respiratory complications last week. on the day he died he wrote to the governor asking for a female representative to replace him. she made it to the final round of consideration but did not win the nomination. >>> and former president george h.w. bush is in intensive care at a houston hospital with a fever and cough. mr. bus
CBS
Dec 26, 2012 6:00pm PST
next week because of the "fiscal cliff." if you are on extended unemployment, those checks could also disappear by next friday. with no deal in congress, the jobless benefits end. and for those depend on the on those extend and unemployment checks on a weekly basis, right now will be the time to ration food since it's still not certain that there are benefits coming next week. and for those trying to plan ahead for anyone about to pass, the inheritance cast could shoot up to 50% if we go over the cliff. and not to mention the stock market, we all know that investors do not like uncertainty. so really hitting us from all sides. >> it's like we have one foot over the cliff already. >>> did you give thought to the "fiscal cliff" when doing your christmas shopping? many americans did because cbs 5 reporter mike sugerman tells us retail numbers weren't good. >> reporter: i'm at union square which is mobbed. it's swinging. i spent the day here and it didn't get active until a couple of hours ago and as i look around, i don't see a lot of people with bags. i'm not sure they're shopping. but
CBS
Jan 1, 2013 4:00am PST
ago it overwhelmingly passed a bill to avert the fiscal cliff. now president obama is calling on the house to pass the bill without delay. the bill stops most of the tax hikes and spending cuts that were to kick in at midnight. tara mergener is in washington with more this morning. tara, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, terrell. well, a deal is now on the books to avert some of the impact of the fiscal cliff which technically we have gone over. now it is up to the house. in the early morning hours of new year's day, the senate began voting on a bill to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. >> the bill as amended is passed. >> reporter: the senate voted 89-8 to avoid tax hikes for 99% of all americans. >> this shouldn't be the model for how we do things around here. but i think we can say we've done some good for the country. >> r if the bill eventually becomes law, the bush era tax cuts will be permanently extended for everyone making less than $400,000 a year. and families making less than $450,000 a year. it will also keep the alternative minimum tax for the wealthy from
CBS
Dec 27, 2012 12:00pm PST
morning. she joins us now live in walnut creek. >> reporter: neighbors told me they didn't hear what was going on but when they found out what happened, they said nothing like this happens here. >> this is a super quiet community. it's shocking. >> reporter: one suspect is dead of walnut creek's first homicide of the year and first officer involved shooting in almost five years. >> it's a little un-- un-- unnerving because you wake up and find out there's a shooting outside your house. i didn't even hear it. >> reporter: it happened at this apartment complex in creek side of near las lomas high school an area deemed safe by those who live here. >> this is a really safe neighborhood. i feel comfortable walking and my girlfriend walks the dog. and so hopefully that won't change anything now. >> reporter: police told us they get a disturbing phone call from a woman in the early- morning hours. >> we received a call via transfer from the fire department that approximately 3:15 this morning, there was screaming in the background. officers were immediately dispatched and arrived on scene within minutes. >> reporter: the struggle started at the apartment. police say multiple officers went into the complex and were confronted by an armed man. they would not say what weapon he had. >> unfortunately, they were forced to shoot the individual and he died at the scene. >> reporter: investigators including the contra costa county crime lab scoured the scene looking for evidence. police say they are not looking for any other suspects and no officers or anyone else were hurt in the shooting. both walnut creek police and the contra costa county d.a.'s office will be taking over this investigation. and police here say they will have another update for us later this afternoon. in walnut creek, cate caugiran, cbs 5. >>> we now know it was an 11- year-old boy from daly city that is killed in a police pursuit in pasadena on christmas day. police and fbi agents were conducting a gang sweep when they started following a car that committed a traffic violation. the suspects took off and eventually hit a minivan carrying a family from daly city. an adult and 11-year-old were killed in the car. three others in the minivan were injured, as well. four suspects are arrested and face murder charges. >>> the search is on for suspects in a gang-related shooting in south san jose last night short live before 9 p.m. in the area off serenade and lullaby drives. officers safe the suspect started an altercation with the victim, shot him and then took off. the victim taken to the hospital, no word yet on his condition. >>> apparently the smell is what led to the discovery of a ghoulish plot. two people are under arrest now for what was found in the backyard of a home on warren avenue in vallejo. it was a badly decomposed body. richard romer of alameda died two years ago at the age of 56. investigators say romer's 22- year-old son joseph romer hit his father's body -- hid his father's body in a box and stashed it in a relative's backyard in vallejo. the body was found this month. >> my sister had walked over there and got about to where the red car is and she is like, wow! i mean, she could smell it from that far off. so that's a good, you know, 40, 50 feet away that she could smell it. >> the cause of romer's death is still under investigation but he had been sick. joseph romer and his girlfriend sandy are accused of hiding the body and cashing thousands of dollars of pension checks. >>> pg&e crews have now found the source of a gas leak in brentwood. a group of neighbors stayed awake all night though after reporting a gas smell at about 6:15 yesterday. people evacuated three houses that showed elevated gas readings on the 600 block of allbrook drive. the source of the leak remained a mystery for hours. then just after 3:00 this morning, pg&e crews finally found the source. the leak was coming from a cracked cap on the underground plastic gas main. after controlling the gas flow, crews dug a hole to squeeze it off completely. they have since fixed the cap and repairs to the street are expected to be finished sometime during the noon hour. >>> president obama called congressional leaders before he left hawaii searching for a way to avoid the "fiscal cliff." danielle nottingham is in washington where it appears little progress is being made. >> reporter: president obama and the senate cut short their holiday vacations to work out a last-minute deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff." they have less than five days to come to agreement before tax hikes and spending cuts kick in. senate majority leader harry reid has a plan to let tax cuts expire for households making more than $250,000 a year along with short-term spending cuts instead of the long-term cuts that would happen if there is nodule. >> the american people are waiting for the ball to drop but it's not going to be a good drop because americans' taxes are approaching the wrong direction. >> reporter: negotiations between president obama and house republican leaders stalled last week. the house is now leaving it up to the democratic-controlled senate to solve the problem before the new year deadline. in addition to the "fiscal cliff," treasury secretary timothy geithner warned congress that the u.s. is close to hitting its debt limit of $16.4 trillion. geithner saved the government will take steps to allow more burrough after december 31. danielle nottingham, cbs news, washington. >>> let's look now at the markets. stocks fell sharply by 55 and change. the drop is attributed to consumer confidence falling to the lowest level since august. >>> the storm that moved across the country pushing northeast through new england after plowing through 30 states dumping snow, sleet and spawning dozens of tornadoes. edward lawrence has the latest. >> reporter: the northeast is dig out from a giant storm that dumped more than a foot of snow in some places. >> it's the heaviest snow i can remember. it's shutting the machine down every time of you give it a little push. the ice just clogs it up. >> reporter: the storm started in california last weekend and crossed the country creating blizzards in the midwest and south. several people died in traffic accidents. and the roads remain dangerous for holiday travelers heading home. in arkansas, this man needed a tow after sliding into a ditch. >> going about 55 or 60 and i hit like a chunk of ice or something. >> reporter: the weather caused thousands of flight cancellations this week. and more delays are expected in the northern part of the country today. one family is trying to get to miami and keeping an eye on their flight. >> we are delayed a bit. hopefully we'll get out of here. i'm fine with an hour delay. just, you know, trying to at least make it out some point today. >> reporter: in the south, people are still cleaning up after a series of christmas day tornadoes. the powerful winds ripped this trailer park in alabama apart. >> the home behind us was rolled off its foundations into the woods and pretty much destroyed and obliterated. >> reporter: it's believed some 40 tornadoes touched down in the south damaging more than 130 homes and businesses. edward lawrence for cbs news, new york. >>> take a look at this video. a tornado causing havoc. this images are outside a walgreens drugstore in mobile, alabama. you can see cars sliding around lots of debris swirling about. people were scrambling to take cover. this guy in a moment -- well, as far as we know, there were no serious injuries to the people who got caught when the tornado touched down on tuesday. it was one of more than 30 that happened across the south. wild weather week. >>> nowl.a. rescuers are trying to pull this man from a palm tree. somehow he got stuck up in the older palm tree and as you can see firefighters are shimmying their way up the tree to get him down. only in southern california. how about that? >>> coming up doctors describe it's a series of setbacks. the latest on the former president george h.w. bush now hospitalized in houston. >> this picture a very private lesson in privacy for the first family of facebook coming up. >> and the sunshine is making a comeback all across the bay area. mostly sunny skies blue skies as well. we were able to spot a few clouds out there over by mount diablo. the rain is coming soon. we'll tell you when after this. ,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and he still has a stubborn fever. cbs reporter adrianaz >>> welcome back. former president george h.w. bush remains in intensive care at a hospital in texas for four days and he still has a stubborn fever. cbs reporter adriana diaz has more on the condition of the man known as bush 41. >> the honorable george herbert walker bush. >> reporter: former president george h.w. bush is alert and in guarded condition in houston at methodist hospital. >> he is conscious. he recognizes people around here. he is joking with his doctors. those are good signs. >> reporter: the 88-year-old was put on a liquid diet wednesday as his fever got worse. the president was hospitalized last month because of a lingering cough. the oldest living former u.s. president made headlines in retirement skydiving to celebrate recent birthdays. how do you feel, mr. president? >> i feel wonderful! >> reporter: several months ago he was at the white house for the unveiling of his son's official presidential portrait. >> i am honored to be hanging near a man who gave me the greatest gift possible unconditional love that would be number 41. >> reporter: in recent years bush has developed a form of parkinson's disease that makes it difficult to walk. family spokesman says this latest illness has taken its toll. >> the president looks like he's done a few rounds with mike tyson. >> reporter: still doctors are cautiously optimistic about his treatment. even though he was on a liquid diet the elder bush was able to join his family for a christmas meal. they are hopeful he can turn things around. adriana diaz for cbs news. >>> had the ceo of facebook is being called out about privacy concerns. his older sister says a private photo was tweeted by a woman she didn't know. turns out that woman is friends with another one of zuckerberg's sisters who was tagged in a photo. the tweet sister randi says the problem is about human decency. probably talking to her brother. >>> new law goes into effect january 1 making it illegal for employers to demand passwords to employees' social media accounts. governor jerry brown says the new law protects from unwarranted invasions. a similar goes into in effect in illinois. >>> we have been talking about rain a lot. i guess it's coming but today is beautiful. >> have you been outside? >> i took a little walk outside. >> gorgeous. >> a little chilly, crispy. the rain is coming sooner than you might think but in the meantime, weather headlines today a nice dry break. we're in between storm systems right now getting plenty of sunshine, mostly sunny skies. partly cloudy, cool night overnight, as well. and then a chance of rain returning as soon as tomorrow afternoon. check this out. this is a view of alameda. you can see san francisco there in the distance, the bay bridge. temperatures are cool. low to mid-50s by later on this afternoon. low 50s right now. it's because this high is in place for now but watch this. this is that low that's going to bring us showers as soon as friday afternoon. it is getting closer towards the bay area. light rain we're anticipating. increasing clouds overnight friday morning and early friday afternoon, scattered showers throughout the day much of the day friday and right there into saturday morning, the first half of saturday looks wet. so your afternoon highs we are seeing a lot of low to mid-50s kind of similar actually to yesterday around this time. 54 in oakland. 52 in fremont. 52 in san rafael. and 51 out in livermore. by later on this afternoon. your overnight temperatures cool, as well. not quite freezing but look at some of of these temperatures in the valleys, fairfield 34 as well as livermore. a little milder in san francisco, going to see mid-40s overnight tonight. so here's your forecast over the next several days. this is the dry break today and then your own settled weather returns to the bay area friday into saturday morning. looks like we are going to stay dry sunday through new year's day and then more wet weather returns by wednesday. so this would be the day if you want to head up towards the sierra. the roads are looking good right now. but they are expecting more snow out by heavenly. chance of of snow by saturday. 27 lifts open to the public. kirkwood got 25 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours. 10 lifts open and great skiing conditions over at squaw. chance of more snow once again friday and saturday. they got 20" right now. and a lot of lifts. ready to go. >> 127" that's like a season for them. >> it's awesome. good snowman-making weather. all things. >> all right. we'll taking i >>> it's the kind of thing you might normally associate with a super bowl or the world series but when wisconsin and stanford kick off the rose bowl on new year's day there's more on the line than just the game. the mayors of madison and palo alto are doing some wagering. the losing mayor will wear of opposing team hat during a city council meeting display the flag of the winning team for a day in january and the losing city will organize a tree planting in honor of the winning team. so let's go, cards. i went to cal, so... [ laughter ] >> that's hard to say. >>> coming up lost and found. >> and open it up and i saw sue bunker's name and right away, i thought, a card from an angel! >> the thrift store discovery that managed to connect friends who were lost and find a new a friend long the way. it's a great story coming up next. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, cbs 5 reporter juliette gooh explains how it all startedh a >>> well, for the cost of a postage stamp, a group of bay area women received a priceless gift. cbs 5 reporter juliette goodrich explains how it all started with a discovery at a thrift shop. >> these five cards must have somehow gotten mixed in. >> reporter: pam rousseau was at a thrift store in hayward when she found five cards sealed shut with handwritten addresses but no stamps tucked away on a lower back shelf. >> the handwriting was scribbly and i wasn't sure if it was an elderly person. >> reporter: so she put stamps on them with a little note attached explaining who she was and where she had found the letters. so as it turns out, this card that pam put a stamp on made its way to this home in alameda. only as we find out, this card was supposed to have been sent five years ago to marianne. >> and open it up and i saw sue bunker's name. and right away, i thought, a card from an angel! >> reporter: you see, sue bunker passed away two years ago from pancreatic cancer. and these three women were her closest friends. all three receiving sue's holiday card five years later thanks to pam. carolyn boone's card reads. >> may 2007 be full of good health, great travels and occasional ice cream social. >> it's nice to know we're still in touch. [ laughter ] >> reporter: without the other knowing, they have each sent a thank you note to pam for take the time to mail the cards. they also shared glowing thoughts about their dear friend. >> i was so touched by the whole thoughtful gesture that she had done that i had to just sit down and send her a message. >> dear pam, your thoughtfulness in choosing to mail those envelopes touches my soul. >> reporter: everyone so touched by the journey of the holiday cards decided to meet one another and toast to their dear friend, sue, and to their new friend, pam. >> everybody just thought it was an amazing christmas story. >> reporter: and all of them certain sue was toasting right along with them and smiling. in alameda, juliette goodrich, cbs 5. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, >>> okay, for today's tony's table with stephanie like it says behind us you made me this dish in sicily. i visited you in your apartment there going to school in sicily. tough, huh? >> rou life. i used to go to the farmer's market in italy in the morning and get the vegetables they had and the day you came is what they had. >> zucchini, tomatoes and that's it. whatever pasta she had in the cupboard. so we sauteed the zucchini in olive oil and garlic. >> and we added some cut-up roma tomatoes. >> and add a little pasta water. it creates its own broth. it makes the flavors come together. >> brings it together and you can see on the bottom of the pan there's a little bit of orange color and that's just the broth. >> with the tomatoes and everything. >> i'm going to add this, the rigatoni. add a little bit more pasta water if you like. mix it up. beautiful. look at that, steph. this reminds me of being in that apartment looking over the bay of terramina. a little pepper. a touch of salt. and that's all you need. >> go ahead. >> put it out there. oh!! delicious! and i sat and ate this on your balcony and i like what you added on the very top. >> a little bit of mozzarella. >> shredded mozzarella right on top of there. it brings it all together. perfect. >> stephanie, let's go back to sicily now. bye. >> ciao, we're going to sicily! >> can't forget the cheese. thanks. >>> nasa's curiosity rover stopped scientific exploration on mars to send a self- portrait back right here to mother earth. you can see the mount sharpe in the horizon to the right and some parts of the craft like portside wheels. self-portraits document the state of the rover and allow mission engineers to track changes over time. cool. look at that. >>> what a beautiful day. >> this tells the weather story better than anything. enjoy the sunshine. >> have a great day. see you again tomorrow 4:30. captions by: caption colorado comments@captioncolorado.com ,,,, >> caroline: (sighs) >> bill: where's your loyalty? i thought i could trust your judgment. was that a mistake? am i wrong about you? >> hope: (sighs) >> hope: you told othello to lie? >> rick: i thought i was doing the right thing for you. >> hope: so liam and sy
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years old. >>> and now to the efforts to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. president obama returns to washington later today and the senate is due in session, but just about everyone agrees with just five days left, the possibility for a grand bargain to avoid across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts is all but lost, and even prospects for watered down deals seems slim. tara mergener is in washington with more. tara, good morning. >> good morning, duarte. yes. hopes for legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff now turns to the senate, but white house and republicans remain far apart. senators and staffers will be filling these empty hallways today trying to work out a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. higher taxes will give the average american about $1,500 less to spend next year, and economists believe the $110 billion spending cuts will result in more layoffs. senator harry reid has a plan to keep taxes low for everyone making less than $250,000 a year as well as short-term spending cuts until a bigger deal can be reached. >> it is going to be a patch because in four days we can
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before we take the "fiscal cliff" plunge at midnight eastern time. >> i'm willing to get this done. i need a dance partner. >> reporter: vice president joe biden and senate minority leader mitch mcconnell have been trying to hammer out a last-minute agreement. they have agreed on a few issues, but both sides are making concessions. if the deal passes? >> it looks like democrats will keep popular items like a five-year extension on the child tax credit. it's for workers who do not earn enough to pay income taxes. also, the refundable credit for parents who have kids going to college should stay in place. that would help families pay for tuition costs that continue to rise across the nation. and for healthcare providers who treat medicare patients, about $30 billion will be expected to help pay the costs for at least one more year. but what most of us will have to pay, the payroll tax for social security. it is going up 2% starting tomorrow and that means if you earn $100,000 a year, you'll pay an extra $2,000 next year out of your paycheck. so it is possible but not probable that th
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reaching the fiscal cliff. the president and congress on christmas vacation. it will be thursday before talks resume to try and prevent the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts from taking effect january the 1st. andrew spencer with the very latest from washington. >> reporter: some republican lawmakers say president wants the country to fall over the cliff. >> we were going over the cliff before. that's what the president wants. >> john boehner failed to get vets in on thursday. that would have raised taxes on people earning more than a million dollars a year. on friday speaker painer and the president left with no deal, each making a parting pitch. >> i asked leaders of congress to work toward a package that prevents a tax hike on middle- class americans, protects insurance for 2 million americans and laze the groundwork for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. >> the president's -- it would hurt jobs. >> reporter: the partisan bickering has put the country on the brink of a potential economic crisis. some long-time lawmakers dismid- by the perpetual gridlock. >>
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>>> just a drag to be stuck here this close to christmas. >> winter storms create holiday headaches across the country. >> some 93 million americans will be traveling in the coming days. >> the weather isn't exactly helping us. >> it's a high impact storm on the west coast, butted flooing rain and a lot of snow. >> the storm in california could bring a white christmas to parts of arkansas and oklahoma. >> will santa be able to make his deliveries this year? >> oh, absolutely. rudolph is set. >> hundreds marched on the brooklyn bridge to call on congress to do something about gun violence. >> meanwhile, the nra is refusing to back down from its call for armed officers in our nation's schools. >> is it crazy to call for putting police in our school to protect our children then call me crazy. >> another insider attack in afghanistan. an american civilian adviser was killed by an afghan policewoman. >> calls for a solution for the fiscal cliff are being put on the back burner until after christmas. >> i apologize about my voice. this may be divine intervention because we didn't deal with the fiscal cliff. >> a senator from idaho is apologizing for his dui arrest. police stopped republican mike crapo in alexandria, virginia. >> after 80 years in print, "newsweek" magazine has its last issue on stands today. it will continue its digital format. >> if you haven't finished your holiday shopping, don't worry. millions of americans are expected to hit the store today. >> i have just started. >> i looked at the research footage and looked at your face quite a bit. you don't look a day over than you did 32 years ago. >> wide open with the catch. what a shot. seahawks win it, seattle is in the playoffs. >> and all that matters. >> norad will be tracking santa claus as he makes his way around the world delivering gifts to girls and boys tonight. >> on "cbs this morning." >> from kabul, afghanistan, happy holidays! "cbs this "cbs this morning." >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." i'm jeff glor with rebecca jarvis charlie rose. gayle king and norah o'donnell are off. >>> on the ground and in the air on this busy day before christmas, there's trouble. >> and the problem is a storm system that hit the west coast over the weekend. now it's moving east threatening to cause problems all week long. anna warner is at dallas/ft. worth airport. anna, good morning. >> reporter: we're seeing a steady stream of travelers on their way to destinations. things on the west coast have cleared up. no major flight delays out there so far, but people heading to other holiday destinations may encounter some trouble. that's because this fast moving storm is heading over the rocky mountains and is expected to drop a lot of snow on the midwest as it heads to the northeast. travelers may see problems. those hoping for a white christmas will get their wish, but they may be stuck seeing santa in the airport. >> we don't want to spend christmas at laguardia. >> reporter: more than 5,000 flights were cancelled this week as snow smothered the midwest. drivers didn't fare any better as heavy accumulation clogged roadways and buried cars. >> i wish i had my reindeer. >> reporter: aaa expects 93 million people to drive at least 50 miles this holiday season. even those who dug themselves out once should keep their shovels handy. on the pacific coast, another fast moving storm has been drenching the bay area with so much rain that flood warnings have been issued near san francisco. in the higher elevations of the sierra mountains, more than three feet of snow trapped drivers for hours over the weekend. as the storm passes over the rocky mountains it's expected to dump a few feet of snow and disrupt travel at salt lake city's airport on christmas eve, before piling more snow onto the midwest today into tomorrow. >> merry christmas. happy holidays. >> reporter: despite the forecast, one traveler used to polar weather expects to deliver with a little help from his friends. >> i'm going to do everything i can. when rudolph gets that nose on we're going where we've got to go any time we've got to get there. >> reporter: some travelers definitely will see some snow. in oklahoma and arkansas, they're expected to get as much as six inches of snow. it's even possible that here in the dallas area they could get a rare event, a white christmas, possibly an inch or two. >> anna werner thanks. and meteorologist jeff from our cbs station with the forecast. it looks like this thing is moving across the country. where are the trouble spots? >>> it looks like a lot of the country is going to be affected especially the eastern half. during the day today, it's fairly quiet although we do have a weak system moving through the southeast. may be minor flight delays there. that will translate into snow in places like pennsylvania and new york. some minor disruptions during the day today. the bigger story is what happens during the day tomorrow. we think we're going to see a widespread severe weather outbreak probably in eastern texas, louisiana, mississippi alabama, and georgia. we may see numerous tornadoes, some of them could be on the strong side. so we urge you to stay vigilant if you're in the southeast. what we also have going on on the northern side of this system is a lot of heavy snow. it's good news and bad news. the good news is a white christmas in places like oklahoma city, little rock and maybe southern parts of st. louis. the bad news is this storm moves into the ohio valley, great lakes, and interior northeast on wednesday. some places seeing over a foot of snow, and that's going to cause major travel problems as we head on into wednesday, especially, and probably thursday morning as well. jeff? >> jeff, thank you very much. >>> ten days after the connecticut school shooting, the debate over gun control continues after the national rifle association took questions for the first time since newtown. america's largest gun rights group says we don't need new laws. chip reid is in washington with that story. chip, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, jeff. the national rifle association was silent in the days following the tragedy in newtown. now it's speaking out and reigniteing an explosive debate over gun control. the nra says it will not budge from its longtime opposition to gun control, insisting the only thing that will stop school shootings is armed guards. >> if it's crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our school to protect our children, then call me crazy. i think the american people think it's crazy not to do it. it's the one thing that would keep people safe and the nra is going to try to do that. >> reporter: nra president david kean added that banning particular guns simply doesn't work. >> we had a so-called assault weapons ban for ten years. it was allowed to expire. the fbi, the justice department and others who studied it said it made no difference. so if we're looking at things that are effective, let's talk about them. but first, let's talk about protecting our kids. >> reporter: the full court press from the nra comes as some democrats, who have long supported the nra, are showing an openness to change. democratic senator mark warner of virginia who has an "a" rating from the nra, suggested that the gun lobbying group is out of touch. >> to me simply saying existing gun laws are enough the status quo is acceptable just didn't pass my gut check as a father. >> reporter: most republican lawmakers, though, remain wary of any new gun l krocontrol measures such as an assault weapons ban. >> people where i live i've been christmas shopping all weekend, have come up to me and said please don't let them take my guns away. >> reporter: retiring senator kay bailey hutchinson are one of a few from her party saying they ought to look at gun control measures. >> i think we ought to be looking at where the real danger is like those large clips i think that does need to be looked at. >> reporter: nra officials say they do not want to require schools to have armed guards in the hallways. they want to leave it up to the discretion of local officials. jeff and rebecca? >> chip reid, thank you very much. also on sunday wayne lapierre said the nra is asking former congressman asa hutchinson to lead the efforts to put an armed guard in every school. >> we're going to support an immediate appropriation by congress to put police officers in every school, and we're going to work with asa hutchinson who has agreed to work with us to put together a voluntary program drawing on retired military drawing on retired police drawing on former secret service, and all these people that can actually go in and make our kids safe. >> asa hutchinson joins us. congressman, good morning. >> good morning to you, jeff. >> why does there need to be an armed guard in every single zool? >> as you emphasized this should be a voluntary program, but to us the status quo is not acceptable, as senator warner said. i think we ought to look at the safety of our schools. right now you have one-third of u.s. schools that do have an armed presence. a resource officer, a police officer is present in the school. why should one-third have this greater safety while the other two-thirds do not? and so this christmas season i think the highest priority should be the safety of our children and our elementary schools. i have grandchildren there, and i think one of the aspects of it would be have a greater armed presence very discrete presence, a highly trained presence, in our schools that can provide greater level of safety. >> congressman, you're absolutely right that some schools are armed right now. armed guards have not preventeded three recent massacres. there was an armed guard at columbine, as you know about. virginia tech had its own police force. ft. hood one of the most heavily secured facilities in the country. if armed guards are not preventing mass shootings at those places, why do you think arming every single school in the country will prevent more of these shootings? >> that's really the purpose and the goal of my security experts, the team that i'm going to pull together, is to look at solutions across the board. it's not just about an armed presence. that's onement element of the plan. we hope to have many other elements as well from increases perimeter security access controls. and these experts will look at the local schools and what can develop as a model plan not one size fits all, but different solutions for an urban school a rural school provide those free of charge to our local school districts. that they can tweak to help keep our children more safe. it's not just about one solution but that is one option that we as a society would be very much in error if we took that off the table, which is the armed presence. we have those armed guards on our airplanes in a very discrete fashion. it's not the wild west but it's a greater level of security that gives air transportation followers better safety and we ought to provide the same for our children. >> what about additional measures like additional gun control? >> that's going to be a debate and we have no problem with the debate. my focus is on the safety side. i recognize that you can pass ten more laws in congress and it's not going to change the risk that exists in our school. all the lawmakers will go home and say we passed more restrictions. we've done something great. the fact is will our children be more safe because of that? i think the most important thing is to provide greater security and safety in the schools through protection and that's what's going to make a difference. >> congressman, if someone has easy access to a military style assault rifle -- i guess i'm still wondering, why does someone who's not a member of the military need a military style assault rifle? >> one we've had an assault rifle ban in our country. and that did not accomplish the objectives. we had columbine during the time that that ban was in place. so, again, the fbi, the department of justice, has not indicated through statistical analysis that that has made any difference in school safety. so the risk is still there. >> why should a mother living in newtown, connecticut, need a military assault rifle? do you think that's needed for protection? >> i think there's freedom in this country to have weapons. i think there's obviously ways that you can control that. we passed prohibitions on machine guns which is automatic fire, and so you cannot have that in our society. whether you should have additional restriction is going to be a debate that's in congress. my job is not to determine that. my job is to increase safety. and i know that the right way to do that is through helping our schools, and we cannot wait six months in order for congress to debate whether we're going to have more controls or not. we have to do something now for our children's safety, and we have one-third of the schools with retired police officer or resource officer there that has an armed presence. it can make a difference, even though it's not the exclusive difference, it's one element we ought to look at. >> thank you so much asa hutchinson. >> thank you and merry christmas to both of you. >> merry christmas. >>> meanwhile, the final three funerals were held over the weekend for the victims of the newtown massacre and this morning elaine quijano has the first interview from the police officers who responded to the call of shots fired. >> the first door we checked, we were able to get into was into the boiler room of the elementary school. >> officer leonard penna led two others into sandy hook elementary school minutes after the call went out. >> when i saw that officer penna had a rifle kind of told him, you're in front, buddy. and the heroism that he displayed just to get in front of us -- >> the gun powder smoke in there is nothing that i ever want to smell again because it was just overwhelming overwhelming. >> what were you hearing at that point? >> silence. normally there's noise. >> the quiet was deafening. every second seemed like an hour. i've never experienced fear like that ever. i mean it was free falling almost. >> the officers made their way through the kitchen and into the lobby. >> that's when my world came crashing in on me because i saw the victims there, and i knew there was -- this wasn't a joke. this wasn't -- this was real and we had somebody that was murdering people in there. we knew that we couldn't help them because they were beyond that. you just want it to be fake. your mind keeps telling you that this is not real. >> what's been the hardest part of this for snu >> we're supposed to run towards danger. that's what we do. so i don't really care what i'm going through. i think about the parents, about those teachers. i think about them all the time now as they put themselves between a guy with a rifle who was bent on killing them and the children. and i don't know if i could have the courage to do that to know i'm going to die and to just face it and they laid down their lives for those kids. those are true heroes here, as far as i'm concerned. >> for "cbs this morning," elaine quijano, newtown, connecticut. >> the true heroes:. >>> well on this christmas eve, the fiscal cliff is one day closer. much of the talk in congress on sunday focused on who's to blame for the lack of a deal. there are eight days left for lawmakers to head off mandatory budget cuts and tax hikes, and nancy cordes is in honolulu where president obama is having his christmas vacation. nancy, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, rebecca. it's almost as if the president and congressional leaders have called a sort of time-out when it comes to the fiscal cliff. there are no major discussions going on right now about what to do now that talks between the president and the speaker appear to have stalled. in fact, the president and senate majority leader harry reid were both here in honolulu yesterday for the funeral of hawaii senator daniel inouye. we're told they didn't really discuss what to do next. before he left washington the president urged leaders to craft a sort of scaled down plan that simply extends the bush tax rates for the middle class and extends long-term unemployment benefits for another year. but, jeff and rebecca, it's really unclear whether even a package like that could pass both houses of congress. so the president is going to be cutting his vacation short and heading back to washington midweek to work with congressional leaders. at that point, as you know very little time left to get a deal only about five days. >> the pressure will be on. no do-overs for this one. nancy, i want to turn to michael crapo and his dui. what kind of details are emerging on that? >> reporter: we're told senator crapo had a blood alcohol level of .110. he was pulled over early saturday morning in alexandria virginia, just outside of washington, d.c. when he ran a red light. he was given a field sobriety test. he failed, so he was arrested and charged with dui and booked. he was released on $1,000 bond and has a court date later next month. he's a 61-year-old senator in his third term from idaho. he released a statement saying he's very sorry to his family and his constinuents. >> nancy cordes, thank you so much. >>> prince harry is believed to have killed his first taliban fighter while serving in afghanistan. the incident reportedly happened a few weeks after harry arrived in september. he's serving as a gunner on an apache helicopter. >>> the new york daily news says the hero lifeguard who rescued six people during superstorm sandy died over the weekend. 23-year-old dylan smith drowned in a surfing accident in puerto rico. >>> the philadelphia inquirer reports on the suspected suicide of a high ranking navy s.e.a.l. in afghanistan. navy officials say commander job price died saturday of noncombat-related injuries. >>> and a wall street journal investigation find prices on website ds vary depending on the user's information. >>> the head of the cia says "zero dark thirty" gives a false impression that torture led to finding osama bin laden. this morning i why there are so many critics. we'll speak with john miller if "zero dark thirty" gets it right or wrong. >>> christmas tree farmers in the midwest say supplies are running dry because of this year's drought. >> they have lost two and three years worth of trees. that may convince some of the farmers just enougorning." 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[ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus liquid gels speeds relief to your worst cold symptoms plus has a decongestant for your stuffy nose. thanks. that's the cold truth! rescue operation can resume in marin county >>> this is a cbs 5 eyewitness news update. >> hi everyone. 7:26 on this christmas eve. we begin with a search and rescue operation that can resume in ma rain county now that there's some daylight. a suspected drunk driver jumped into the creek to avoid police about midnight after being pulled over, and they still can't find him. >>> flooding threat is over at san francisco along the san ma day yes border. some residents evacuated last evening are back home now this morning. >>> and some nurses are starting a one-day strike at this hour. the walk-outs are at hospitals in the bay area, and two ata hospitals in san jose. got your traffic and your weather on this christmas eve right after the break. so stay right there. >>> good morning. well we just got an update about highway 121. it's remain closed until 9:00 a.m. 121 closed both directions between 116 and highway 37. in berkeley all lanes open. things are quickly picked up all the way down the east shore freeway and nice and light across the golden gate bridge. here's lawrence >> catching a break in that stormy weather. what a wild weekend. now things settling down. look at the live shot. a satellite from the ocean. looks like the clouds beginning to part. the high def showing showers. those are quickly winding down. expect dry weather, 50s for highs this afternoon the a return of rain on christmas day. easy. i wis had u-verse when i was your age. in my day, we didn't have these fancy wireless receivers. bl blah blah. if i had a sleepover i couldn't just move the tv into the playroom. no. we had to watch movies in the den because that's where the tv outlet was. and if dad was snoring on the couch, we muscled through it. is she for real? your generation has it made. [ male announcer ] the wireless receiver only from at&t u-verse. get u-verse tv for $29 a month for six months. rethink possible. >>> dramatic cell phone video. officer edward norton jumped into the frigid waters of boston harbor after a woman fell in. he pulled her to a nearby life rachlt she's okay. he's turned his back on holiday and is focusing on law enforcement. >> welcome back. the controversy surrounding "zero dark thirty" didn't affect the box offer opened the weekend. the film opened in just five theaters and took in more than $400,000. >> new year's eve implies that torture helped find osama bin larden. >> reporter: the film "zero dark thirty" is a hit with audience and critics but the oscar front-runner does not have many fans at the cia. it's so offensive that director mike morell sent a letter to the agency's employees last friday telling them it's a dramatization, not a reality of the facts. the film creates the strong impression that enhanced interrogation teaching them. that impression is false. the film about osama bin laden has reignited debate over what the cia called enhanced interrogation was really torture. >> the information i saw derived f
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Dec 26, 2012 7:00am PST
together a deal to avoid the massive automatic tax hikes and spending cuts known as the fiscal cliff. >> president obama spent christmas day visiting with troops in hawaii. >> while back in washington uncertainty about the looming fiscal cliff continues. there has been to communication between republicans and democrats about how to avoid going over the cliff. before the christmas break, speaker john boehner was unable to get enough support from respects to pass his plan and help said it was up to the white house and the senate to avert the cliff. so now harry reid is believed to be crafting a plan of his own. it's expected to extend bush-era tax cuts. it would also include short-term spending cuts instead of the massive cuts that would occur if there is no deal. it would also patch up the alternative minimum tax that will hit even more middle class families and schedule a drop off for doctors. >> if republicans do give in and support the deal being put together by harry reid that deal is expected to be far less favorable than the potential deal they had been working on with president obama. >> rep
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Dec 26, 2012 5:00am PST
-called "fiscal cliff" deadline less than a week from now. senate majority leader harry reid was reportedly at the capital on christmas working on a scaled-down plan to avoid tax hikes for all about the wealthiest americans. his plan would include short term spending cuts instead of long-term deals that had been sought. >>> from hawaii. comes word that president obama will cut short vacation and return to washington later today to take part in "fiscal cliff" negotiations. christmas day the president and first lady met with servicemembers and their families. the president told the marines he was grateful for their service and posed pour pictures. >>> recent college graduates are having a tough time getting jobs in their desired lines of work. according to the latest u.s. census figures about 2 60,000 young adults with college degrees in california are working in food service and retail. >> couldn't get a job in the field that i wanted to so i figured i have to start at the bottom. >> without higher paying jobs, it's that much harder for graduates to pay back student loans weapon t
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Dec 30, 2012 7:30am PST
trying to form a last minute compromise to avoid the fiscal cliff. >> the deal they're considering only kicks the cans down the road again. >> senate republican leader mitch mcconnel left the capitol tight lipped by smiling after working behind doors to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. he and harry reid are working on a scale down agreement that focuses on avoiding a middle class tax hike. the plan is to present it to the senate for a vote on sunday and then send it over to the house. house speaker john boehner was at the capitol but left with no comment. the democrats insist the wealthy pay more in taxes. >> the president's tax hike would only fund the government for l days. americans deserve to know what does the president propose we do for the over 357 days of the year. sdmrsz -- >> president omaba insists his plan on the table is fair and includes plenty of cuts to government spending. >> we just afford a wound to our economy. >> if sunday's negotiations don't pan out the president says he's red to -- he's ready to propose his own scaled back bill that would preserve expiring unemp
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Dec 27, 2012 7:00am PST
in his home. >>> in washington negotiations to avoid the fiscal cliff are still struggling for survival. congress has five days to strike a deal before the end of the year deadline. president obama is on his way to washington this morning while senators are coming back to capitol hill. chip reid is at the capitol. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the president arrived back in washington in a little bit more than an hour. the senate comes back tonight and the house it could be a couple of days. there is not the sense of urgency you would think there would be with a critical deadline looming. some members of congress admit they may well just go over the fiscal cliff and deal with it in january after the new congress is sworn in. leaving his family behind to continue their vacation without him, president obama boarded air force one early this morning and headed for washington to deal with unfinished fiscal cliff business. with just five days until the combination of automatic tax increases and spending cuts that could send the economy back into recession, mr. obama wants c
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Dec 28, 2012 5:00am PST
. congressional leaders will talk with president obama trying to avert the "fiscal cliff." ed payne tells us they only have four days. >>> reporter: in what's seen as a last-minute attempt to reach a deal, president obama meets at the white house with senate majority leader harry reid, house minority leader nancy pelosi, senate minority leader mitch mcconnell and house speaker john boehner. they have only four days to reach an agreement or the u.s. economy will go off the so- called "fiscal cliff." that's when automatic spending increases and cuts would take effect. reaching a deal won't be easy because both sides are involved in a high stakes political blame game. >> we are here in washington working while the members of the house of representatives are out watching movies and watching the kids play soccer and basketball and doing all kinds of things. they should be here. >> i told the president we would be happy to look at wah he proposes but the truth is we are coming up against a hard deadline and as i said this is a conversation we should have had months ago. >> reporter: democ
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Jan 1, 2013 6:00am PST
frank and grace. that's right. at this hour, we remain over the "fiscal cliff" at least technically. now, the senate did pass a bear bones bill to help us get by in the meantime and now, all eyes are on the house. >> mr. alexander. >> aye. >> reporter: in the early- morning hours of new years date senate began voting on a bill to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff." >> the bill as amended is passed. >> reporter: the senate voted 89-8 to avoid tax hooks for 99% -- to avoid tax hikes for 99% of all americans. >> this shouldn't be the way we do things but i think we have done some good for the country. >> reporter: if the bill becomes law, the bush-era tax cuts will be permanently extended for everyone making less than $400,000 a year. and families making less than $450,000 a year. it will also keep the alternative minimum tax for the wealthy from hitting millions of middle class families. >> middle class families will wake up today to the assurance that their taxes won't go up $2,200 each. >> reporter: the senate agreement delays a $110 billion in spending cuts that were due to kick in
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Jan 1, 2013 5:00am PST
ease the pain of the "fiscal cliff." the one final hurtle to cross in the next couple of hours. >> reporter: tens of thousands lined up on the embarcadero to take in the new year's eve fireworks but police say some celebrations turned violent. we'll have the details in a live report. >>> and a ritzy new york couple busted with weapons and a bomb stash. but that's not all. the book that has police so concerned. keep it right here. we'll be back. ,,,, p [ female announcer ] pillsbury crescents on their own are fantastic but add some sauce, pepperoni and cheese and fold up the crescent dough...and presto! tuesday night just became crescent pizza pocket-tastic pillsbury crescents. let the making begin here's a better idea. pillsbury grands! flaky layers biscuits in just 15 minutes the light delicate layers add a layer of warmth to your next dinner. pillsbury grands biscuits dance class, shopping, and more. so do something nice for it. chevron with techron. care for your car. i'm grace lee michelle has the >>> america rings in 2013 as tens of thousands watch a dazzling fireworks sho
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Dec 26, 2012 3:10am PST
hawaii to the chill of d.c. and trying to stop a looming fiscal cliff. >>> passionate killer. the ex-con who ambushed two firefighters leaves a ram belling moat describing what he does best. killing people. captioning funded by cbs >> good morning. good to be with you. the weather outside was
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